It has become clear that dystopians are some of my favorite books. My four favorite series: The Hunger Games, Delirium, Matched, and now Divergent! I cIt has become clear that dystopians are some of my favorite books. My four favorite series: The Hunger Games, Delirium, Matched, and now Divergent! I cannot believe this is Veronica Roth's first book and that within a short amount of time after being released, it is already gaining so much love and respect. Everyone who reads has heard about Divergent by now. I was afraid that this book would not be able to live up to all its hype - but trust me, it did. Just a few of the things I have to say.... 1) This needs to be a movie. And not a cheesy movie. A real, "this-totally-follows-the-book" movie. 2) The girl's name is Tris. How cool is that? 3) The boy, Four, is totally swoon-worthy and makes the book 10x better. 4) Dystopian. Need I say more? 5) I am already anxiously twiddling my thumbs waiting for the second book....more
Okay. So, yes, the hardback cover may be misleading (it actually doesn't have that much romance in it - so don't hope and wait for it the entire duratOkay. So, yes, the hardback cover may be misleading (it actually doesn't have that much romance in it - so don't hope and wait for it the entire duration of the book,) and it may start off very slow, and you may even, like me, consider abandoning it.
But I didn't, and I'm glad. So you better not.
Maybe it deserves four stars because it started slow, or because of some unanswered questions that I would really, really like to know the answer to.
But because of the way it made me feel when I read the last page, the triumph and happiness and anticipation for the next book, I gave it five stars.
One of my closest friends (who, according to Goodreads has 89% similar taste as me in books), and my sister both read this book and were dissapointed by what they found. So if you do read this, just know not to expect a lot of romance. I think because they told me that may be the reason I enjoyed it more.
I loved the dystopian element to it, of course.
Many things in this book are bittersweet, but the ending holds surprise after surprise. Even though there were some things that were quite predictable as you continued to read but before they were revealed, there were always more hidden secrets that made the obvious conclusion even more enjoyable.
My ONE issue with this book: They are in space. They have been in space for hundreds of years. WHY IS THERE GRAVITY?!?!?!?!?!
Maybe it's just something in the way the ship was built. But I would have liked to have been told that. And the strong female lead, Amy, is smart. And I got mad at her after she never even thought to ask why things aren't floating around if they are IN.SPACE.
But I loved this book. (Hate the paperback cover, though.)
As good as Matched? No. But what did you expect? The second of a series, trilogies especially, are hardly ever what we want them to be. More than anytAs good as Matched? No. But what did you expect? The second of a series, trilogies especially, are hardly ever what we want them to be. More than anything else, they are the bridge between the beatiful beginning and the beautiful end.
One thing I do have to say about this book was that it was filled to the brim with good life quotes that I thoroughly enjoyed. It had a lot of symbolism and deeper meaning that nearly every YA read is lacking.
I also LOVE the other things that the readers might not think about as much. The tablets: Green, Blue, Red.
Book Covers: Green, Blue, Red. (Yes, the third is slated to be red.)
I love the way the green Matched cover shows she's calm, like the tablet, accpeting the Society without question. Crossed, the cover shows she's breaking out, rebelling. Crossing out what she's always known and forging her own path.
I'm thrilled to see what the next book will look like and will be titled. I hope they continue to 'match' so perfectly.
Side note: I always thought Cassia was pronounced the way it was spelled. "Cass-sea-uh." I watched an interview with the author. Apparently it's "Cash-uh." I'm growing to love the new pronunciation....more
Liked it, but it was definitely not my favorite Scott Westerfeld novel. I was lost at so many points in this novel. Very good for anyone who likes warLiked it, but it was definitely not my favorite Scott Westerfeld novel. I was lost at so many points in this novel. Very good for anyone who likes war though....more